Shaw wins all in Round 1 of the Royal Southern Academy Match Cup


Low-res image attached: Shaw celebrates with his crew.
Photo: Chris Gillingham. 

Shaw celebrates win

Shaw wins all in Round 1 of the Royal Southern Academy Match Cup

Andy Shaw, Ed Dyer, Aaron Cooper and Sarah Hickman won all 12 of their matches in the first heat of the Royal Southern Academy Match Cup held this past weekend. Shaw, Captain of Southampton University Sailing Club and an Academy member showed why he is also the World Student Match Race champion.  His controlled aggression in the pre-starts meant he was rarely headed over the start line. On the few occasions when overtaken on the course, he fought back so that over the course of two days of racing, he always finished first.

Sailing Laser SB3s supplied by Pelican Racing, competitors enjoyed their first taste of asymmetric match racing. On two cold days with winds in the 10-15 knot range, PRO Simon Hand and his team kept up a brisk schedule of races. Day two showed the practice effects of the previous day as downwind speeds increased and passing lanes were opened up.  Second placed Sam Pearson, crewed by Tristan Jaques and Tom Dawson said, “We really enjoyed it.  It was good to get in a new boat and the crew really enjoyed the asymmetrics.”

After racing on Saturday, Chief Umpire David Battye briefed competitors on how the umpires would penalise premature extension of the spinnaker poles after some ‘interesting’ jousting incidents with extended poles at the weather mark, whilst down at the leeward mark the wider angles of approach from the asymmetrics made for plenty of action with the Yankee flag.

Back ashore, competitors put their feet up in the Royal Southern’s old bar with the log fire roaring.  Third placed Rob Gullan, crewed by Chris Noble, Fergal Finlay and Andy Douglas, highly recommend the Match Cup, adding, “This is a brilliant event – better run than any I’ve been at.  It’s great to be at such a friendly Club, a good experience, and we all loved the asymmetric sailing.”

At the Prize Giving, Academy Chairman, Karen Henderson-Williams, made a special presentation to Guy Jackson, who conceived and organised the Academy Match Cup.

The next heat is on 5/6 March 2011 with the finals on 26/27 March 2011.
Entry details are at

Results Heat 1/Points:
Andy Shaw       12
Sam Pearson     9
Rob Gullan        7
Ali Hall              6
Mary Rook         4
Mark Lees         2
David Tabb        2


Notes to Editors

•   The Royal Southern Yacht Club’s Academy is for young people aged 18-25. They race Laser SB3s including Match Racing, and IRC, and offer special coaching sessions. The Academy charters SB3s from Pelican Racing for Academy racing events, and place young people as crew on IRC boats. The Sailing Programme, running from September 2010 to July 2011 is aimed and devised for young people who live in the region and also those who go to a local university.

•   Formed in 1837, the Royal Southern Yacht Club will be celebrating its 175th Anniversary in 2012. The Club, whose Patron is HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has grown, improved and nurtured its membership which now numbers an impressive 1,800 men, women and children comprising sailing and motor boating enthusiasts.  Situated on the bank of the beautiful River Hamble, the Club House and surrounding facilities have been expanded and modernised and the Club provides superb catering and hospitality all year round.

•   The Club also lays on a wide range of well organised on-water events and activities throughout the year and there is something for everyone to enjoy. There is a varied social calendar of events to suit younger as well as the more mature members.

•   The Royal Southern Yacht Club qualified as an RYA Volvo Champion Club in 2009.

Media Enquiries
Peta Stuart-Hunt | Press Officer
Royal Southern Yacht Club
T: +44 (0) 1590 679 621
M: +44 (0) 7711 477 707


For further information on the Royal Southern Academy, contact:

Natalie Gray
Sailing Secretary
Royal Southern Yacht Club
+44 (0) 23 8045 0300



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